An Initiative of the Electronic Publishers Coalition: A do-it-now lesson on downloading e-books for PCs. (We will have a Macintosh version up shortly.)
The download could prove simpler if you make a new folder called, for instance, "Library" before you begin.
Do this through "Windows Explorer" so you will have a place to put your new ebooks. But you do not have to do this now. You can make a new folder later, and move your ebook to it then. (You must remain connected to the internet while you do this.)
Don't know which format to choose?
You can download the book in as many formats as you wish. For new e-book customers, we recommend HTML.
HTML is one of the easiest, since the book will open in your browser window. You do not need to download any sort of software or reader to access the e-book.
MS Word e-books are good if you have MS Word.
Zip format is also good, but you must have Winzip first. See info below on downloading Winzip for free if you don't own it already
Zip files are compressed so the file size you will be downloading will be much smaller than the actual files once they are decompressed. This means that download speed/time will be faster. Recommended if you have a slow connection. Unzipped files will be in either Word, HTML or pdf formats, as indicated on the e-book's download page.
We check for viruses often, but whenever you download anything from any web site, you should utilize a virus checker. If you don't have one, we recommend McAfee.com, Inc
These instructions apply to Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers.
Downloading an HTML E-Book
1. Click here: HTML Download. A new window will open. This is a sample of the page you will come to when you have purchased an e-book.
2. Click on the link http://www.sirius-books.com/dm.html to download your book. Click the file name beside your chosen e-book format, HTML.
3. The e-book opens in your current browser window.
Since you may want to save it to read later, click on File near the top right of the browser window. Then click on Save as.
4. Another dialogue box pops up that says "Save Page/File As..." It has a spot where you can designate a folder for the e-book. Sometimes it may be simpler to place the e-book file on your desktop (it will be easy to find later.) Make sure you remember where you put the file. You may change the name of the file if you like, but do NOT change the extension (i.e. .html.)
Some browsers will not let you 'save as...' If yours is one of these, on the e-book download page, right-click on the format you want. Then click 'Save Target As...' Follow the instructions above, in step 3. You can then click the HTML file name again (not right-clicking this time) and read the e-book on your screen.
5. Opening the saved e-book
Find where you put the e-book and double-click it or click Open.
6. Enjoy your E-book!
Downloading in Word
1. Click here: Word Download. A new window will open. This is a sample of the page you will come to when you have purchased an e-book.
2. Click on the link http://www.sirius-books.com/dm.html to download your book. Click the file name beside your chosen e-book format, Word.
3. A dialogue box pops up that asks what you want to do with the file. Choose "save this program to disk." Then click OK.
4. Another dialogue box pops up that says "Save File As..." It has a spot where you can designate a folder for the e-book. Sometimes it may be simpler to place the e-book file on your desktop (it will be easy to find later.) Make sure you know where you put the file. You may change the name of the file if you like, but do not change the extension (i.e. .doc.)
5. Opening the book
The dialogue window will usually remain open, and you can then click on Open to open your e-book.
If not, you need to find the folder where the e-book is and open it. You can do this by locating the folder (or going to your desktop) and double-clicking on the e-book file. You may need to minimize the browser to do this.
Double-click on the file name of the e-book or right-click on it and choose Open.
6. Enjoy your E-book!
Lesson 3: Zipped E-Books
1. Click "File" at the top left of your screen, then from its menu click, "New Window" or "Open New Window". There are variations for the same action.
2. When the new window is open (it will be a repeat of this page), minimize that browser (the left button ( _ ) of the three at the top right of your screen).
3. Now minimize the other browser window, too; then click them back up from the bottom bar on your screen as you need them. (You only have to minimize each browser window once, then they will open over the top of each other from the bottom bar.) Try it a few times to become familiar.
4. Now in whichever window is to the fore, click on this hot-link: DOWNLOAD This tutorial will disappear as the ebook page loads. (Don't forget you can then click the tutorial back up from the bottom at any time.)
5. The download of your ebook will now begin. (You may or may not now get boxes asking you if you really do know what you are doing. If you do, click "Yes" or "Okay" every time. Sure you know what you are doing; and you have a good virus protection utility on your computer, don't you?
No...? Then perhaps you should stop right here until you get one. This ebook load has been very carefully checked; but you never know where some things have been...
6. A Winzip™ * box will now appear. You may have to minimize the browser, as sometimes the box will have opened behind it.
Open the "Browse" button on this box and find your "Library" folder (or any other folder where you can keep your ebooks for now).
Click on that folder and then "Okay".
When it tells you this is finished, click "Okay" and then "Close". (You may disconnect the internet at any time after the Winzip™ box appears.)
* Winzip ™: Think of it as a Jack-in-the-Box. Bobbing around at full height it is a clumsy load to transport. Lock it down and it becomes a compact box; to spring out into it's original form again when the lid is next unlocked, unzipped.
7. Your ebook is now ready to open!
8. Minimise or close the browser window from which you downloaded.
9. Now go to your "Windows Explorer".
10. Open the "Library" folder (or the folder in which you put the download temporarily) and double click the new file called ebook.exe
IF, at this point, you get an error message saying Winzip™ cannot open your new ebook, simply "Okay" that message; close the Winzip™ box, and (assuming you have a copy of Winzip™), right click the ebook file, and select; "Open to Folder/***. Click "Okay" and continue.
If you do not have a copy of Winzip™ , you can get a free trial version by clicking HERE.
11. In a few moments from now you will be reading the ebook! Congratulations! from all the ebook authors, illustrators and publishers around the world working for your edification and amusement...
You can't find the new file?
No problem. Go to your "Start" "Find File" and type in: ebook.exe
When it is found, double-click it right there. Plenty of time to get it into the "Library" folder later.
A FEW EXTRAS:
In other downloads you will be asked questions such as:
Do you want to (words to the effect of) "Work online" or "Save to disk".
Check "Save to disk" [this means your hard drive; you don't need to go looking for any disk to insert]. You do not have to do anything except check that "Save to disk" then "Okay" or "Continue".)
When it is, there may be an oblong box asking if you will accept the download. Click "Yes" or "Okay".
If there is not a box (or after you have clicked "Yes" or "Okay") you will be presented with yet another box.
Click nonchalantly through until asked where you want the download put.
There will be a "Browse" button you can click.
This will show you all the folders on your hard disk.
Click the "Library" folder and "Okay".
If you have not made your "Library" folder yet, just choose a folder you can remember and put it there for now. You can move it later.
Now continue clicking through until the box runs out of breath (or questions). It will tell you it is finished.
Then follow on from (9.) above.
Lesson 4: PDF E-Books
Some ebooks are in PDF. That means you need Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 to read them. If you don't already have it installed on your machine, you can download it here for free.
If you do not have the most recent version of the reader (5.0), you need to delete your current version and then download version 5.0 at the URL above. If you don't delete the old version, you will experience problems.
Then, open Adobe Acrobat Reader, click on file, open, and find where you saved the ebook(s) you downloaded above.
Modified from EPC E-book Tutorial, Copyright Electronic Publishers Coalition, 2001.
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